Kęstutis Trečiokas: “For the convenience of local population, we shall acquire waste sorting containers and distribute them to municipalities, again”2015-09-07
One of the key reasons why people are still rather uncommitted to sorting of waste is that considerable walking distance to containers for secondary raw materials. Or so is suggested by public opinion survey commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment and carried out by UAB RAIT, market analysis and study group.
According to Kęstutis Trečiokas, Minister of the Environment, “to ensure convenience for the local population, we shall yet again purchase and distribute waste sorting containers to the municipalities, to ensure they are accessible to as large population as possible”. Since 2006, the Ministry has purchased and distributed approx. 280,000 containers of this type, and there are 388 sites dedicated for these. Some EUR 12 million was allocated for this purpose.
The survey in question has revealed that more than half (52%) of respondents who prefer not to sort their waste would do so, if there were more sorting containers accessible. Some 20% of population still have no sorting containers in their vicinity. 40% of the respondents have indicated to be sorting all kinds of waste, 32% to be sorting a single type of waste, and 27% revealed to be sorting no waste at all. Over one in every three of the respondents (35%) do not sort their waste because of considerable walking distance to a nearest container, while another 30% find dumping all their waste to a single domestic waste container simply more convenient, another 24% of the respondents do not find this meaningful since they believe once sorted out, the waste still ends up dumped in the same container. 17% of the respondents show lack of interest to the waste sorting and 16% of the respondents believe waste sorting is utterly pointless.
The Minister said, that “in order to encourage the local population to sort their waster, we have come up with a pricing project, i.e. it is our idea to expand and updated an infrastructure for pre-processing of waste, and free of charge. We believe the proposal will get a green light.”
To make sorting of waste even more convenient, sites for containers will be modernised, new sites dedicated for large waste will be installed, and the infrastructure for recycling will be expanded and modernised. Some EUR 80 million of EU aid funds are expected in the period of 2014 to 2020.
In another 6 months (1 February 2016) a deposit system is expected to be introduced in Lithuania, offering a convenient option for return of beverage packaging for local population.
The Minister is hopeful that all of the instruments above will be beneficial resulting in less waste reaching the landfills. In order to establish the public views on waste processing and changes in those views, and for spotting issues in waste sorting, public opinion surveys are expected to be carried out yearly.
Public Information Division